09 Dec 3D printing
The last couple of years have seen significant advances in the realm of 3D scanning and printing. Importantly, there has been a rapid uptake of the technology across a broad range of industries and disciplines, improved access to printable digital files including by way of online marketplaces, mobile phone CAD scanning technology, improvements in printer technology, a reduction in the cost of the technology and access to a wider range of print materials.
We have seen the development of a range of medical devices and more complex manufactured products, big business actively engaging with the technology as both an R+D opportunity as well as a competition threat and a rise in home printing. The developments outlined in this article are illustrative of the potential flexibility of the technology and the impacts it can have on both a macro societal and micro household level.